Just Venting...

Katie - posted on 12/15/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )




I went to see my psychiatrist today (I had depression issues before I had my baby. Since I've had her, I've been depression free) She always knew that I planned on breastfeeding for a year. Well since last time I saw her, I've changed it to AT LEAST 2 years. I now plan on self weaning. She then preceded to tell me that after 6 months, there's not much nutritional value of breastmilk. Are you kidding me. That's totally ridiculous. If there wasn't much nutritional value of breastfeeding past 6 months, then why should it be their main source of nutrition for the first year of their life??? She said, it's just for bonding. That might be true to some extent, but the ENTIRE time you breastfeed, it beneficial to the baby. This isn't the 1st time she's mentioned that. I'm so glad that I've done my research, otherwise I might not be still breastfeeding my beautiful 8 1/2 month old. She asked my why I wanted to breastfeed for 2 years, and I told her all the benefits to me as well as the nutritional aspect for my daughter. She didn't even know of the wonderful benefits to the mother especially if you breastfeed at least 2 years. She obviously hasn't done her reasearch. Sorry for going on, it just made me mad. It's like she doesn't want me to breastfeed or anything like that. I'm getting the feeling that she wants me to stop breastfeeding so that she can put me back on medicine. But I don't think I need any. I haven't had ANY depression since having my daughter. I think the reason I was having depression issues is because it took 4 1/2 years to get pregnant, and my mom thinks that I just had a nervous breakdown. I'm considering finding another doctor. I only want what's best for my daughter, and that's breastmilk!!! I don't want to be made to feel like a bad mother for giving my daughter the best. Even if it was only for bonding (which it's not) SO WHAT!!! Thanks for listening. I just needed to get that off my chest.


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Jennifer - posted on 12/16/2010




Big hugs to you mama!!!! The psychiatrist shouldn't be telling you to stop breastfeeding, that there's no benefits. You are most certainly right! You've done your research and you deserve kudos for breastfeeding this long. Keep up the good work!

I'm 37 weeks pregnant and I'm breastfeeding a 21-month old. I've had prenatal depression with this pregnancy. With fear that it may turn into postpartum depression, my midwife actually put me on Zoloft. I'll be stopping taking it a few months after my baby is born, once everything is okay. My son is getting the medicine through breastmilk and my daughter will be, too. The risk of that passing through is not as bad as them having a depressed mother.

If you're feeling fine, I don't see why your doctor needs to put her two cents in. But, if you do think you need to switch doctors, definitely do so!

Emily - posted on 12/15/2010




That sounds exactly like my endocrinologist. She gave me the same lecture. I just smile and say, "Nope, sorry, I'm not weaning yet." She refuses to prescribe me the meds I need even though they're safe for breastfeeding. Doctors are really just so clueless. (I would bet the meds you might need again someday are also safe for breastfeeding).

Carolyn - posted on 12/15/2010




but really , lets get real, psychiatrists are not their to give you advice on child nutrition and breastfeeding so to even consider listening to her is nonesense, but to me, so is getting upset that she is misinformed.

you clearly know your research. but you are also responsible and the master of your own feelings. noone can make you feel anything, you do that. your own thought processes. anxieties, associations lead to how you feel.

your psychiatrist is there solely to evaluate your mental health and provide treatment based on the way you present and your symptoms.

did she come right out and say she wanted you to stop and BFing so she could put you back on meds ? doesnt sound like it, but it sounds more like you are projecting.

its quite simple. simply ignore her comments. give her the information but dont dwell on it. move forward.... your there for mental health, not breastfeeding support or medical care.

Sarah - posted on 12/15/2010




There are two things you can do. Evaluate if you still need to see a psychiatrist, since you feel you're doing well. And/or find someone new. Your support system should be supportive of your decisions.

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